Skillathons are required for 4-H members enrolled in the following projects: beef, dairy, goat, horse, poultry, market and breeding rabbits, sheep, and swine projects. Skillathon participation is optional for horseless horse project members and is not required for dog, cat, pet rabbit, pocket pet, or other small animal projects. 4-H members must participate in the skillathon in order to exhibit that species at the Fair. Participation in skillathons is optional for FFA members. However, those FFA members who wish to compete for Outstanding Market or Equine Exhibitor awards must complete the appropriate skillathon.
Skillathons for all livestock, except rabbits, will be offered from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on both May 6 and 7 at the OVCTC on a first-come, first served basis. Quality Assurance sessions will be conducted in two 90-minute sessions each night from 6-7:30 p.m. The make-up date for skillathon is June 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Extension Office.
Rabbit skillathon will be held on June 13 from 4-8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. This is the same night as the market rabbit tattooing. For 2019 the rabbit skillathon will be a hands-on contest. Members not able to attend on June 13 should contact the Extension Office at 937-544-2339 or email@example.com to schedule a make-up date.